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Your safari to Tanzania: The ultimate guide to safaris

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    If you are planning to go to Tanzania, then you must be thinking about safaris, the teeming wildlife, and the majestic, beautiful Game Reserves of Tanzania. The dreamy Lake Manyara, the magnificent Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the mighty Serengeti Park, and countless other African safari destinations all await you here in the land of Tanzania.

    If you are looking for a reliable and in-depth guide to plan your trip to Tanzania, then this article is just for you. We have compiled an in-depth list of itineraries, answered the most common questions amongst travelers, and have added some of the best tips and tricks to help you plan your safari to Tanzania.

    Your safari to Tanzania: The ultimate guide to everything you need to know

    If you’re planning a safari in Tanzania, there are some things you need to know before you go. In this article, we’ll provide you with an overview of everything you need to know to have a successful trip. We’ll cover topics such as when to go, what to pack, where to stay, and how to get around.

    So, whether you’re a first-time traveller or an experienced safari-goer, read on for the inside scoop on Tanzania safaris!

    Firstly: Is Tanzania a good place for a safari?

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    Tanzania is hands down the best safari destination in the world. We don’t make this claim lightly, as Southern Africa, Kenya and other African countries certainly are beautiful and offer exciting alternatives for a safari. 

    However, Tanzania is the home to a massive number of Game Reserves and National Parks. While most countries offer their safaris in enclosures, such as The Kruger National Park. Tanzania’s National Parks are all open, meaning there are no borders nor walls keeping the animals inside.

    Aside from the open spaces, a Tanzania safari offers a multitude of National Parks to visit. To name a few that we will dissect in-depth later on, Tanzania offers:

    • Serengeti National Park
    • Ngorongoro Crater
    • Mount Kilimanjaro
    • Lake Manyara National Park
    • Ruaha National Park
    • Tarangire National Park
    • Arusha National Park
    • Nyerere National Park

    Which is the best safari in Tanzania?

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    There are countless superb safari options, so which one should you choose? While every safari offers an unforgettable, unique experience, we have compiled a bucket list of our favorite things to do on your next Tanzania safari. Here are some amazing things for you to consider.

    Go on game drives: The classic Tanzania safari

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    Tanzania offers perhaps the most beautiful African landscape. The abundance of wildlife is something that is incomprehensible until you see it for yourself. What does a million wildebeest look like? Or thousands of elephants? It’s hard to imagine such a mighty number of animals roaming free around the land, so that’s why we recommend getting front-row to an African adventure by going on a game drive.

    Whilst on a game drive, you will be accompanied by a professional driver with an adventurous spirit who will take you to the perfect destination to witness the abundant wildlife up close. Our drivers are safari experts, and they will teach you things about the land and its inhabitants that will stick with you forever.

    If you opt for a game drive, you have the chance of witnessing the Great Wildebeest Migration, one of the most breathtaking events in history, where millions of Wildebeest herds migrate in a circular fashion.  Witnessing this annual event is truly a life-changing event to witness.

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    Summit Mt. Kilimanjaro: Summit Africa’s tallest mountain

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    Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the tallest mountain in Africa but also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. The standalone titan stands 6000 meters tall and is truly one of the most beautiful mountains in the world (which is why it’s one of the 7 Summits!) While Kilimanjaro is not an easy adventure, it certainly is not an impossible dream. Practically anybody – who trains well in advance and books through a reliable tour operator – has a guaranteed chance of success when attempting to reach Uhuru Peak, the mountain’s summit. The sense of adventure that comes over you while walking up the mountain is an experience you will never forget as you traverse through a multitude of different ecosystems and witness beautiful African landscapes throughout your trek.

    Read everything you need to know about Mount Kilimanjaro here.

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    The great wildebeest migration: The greatest show on earth

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    The Great Wildebeest Migration is one of the most fantastical events on the planet, and it happens every single year. Starting in the Northern Serengeti, millions of Wildebeest begin to move South, following the annual cycle of rainclouds. The rainclouds bare green grass which feeds these giants, and so they move with the weather. When we say ‘millions’, we aren’t joking. There are an estimated 1.5 million wildebeest that move in a cyclic fashion every year, and they aren’t doing the journey alone. During their migration, lions, hyenas, leopards, and cheetahs take this opportunity to feast. Acting as allies, an estimated 250,000 zebras migrate with the massive wildebeest herds. The zebra alerts the herds to any predators which they see, turning the entire event into a brilliant spectacle of life and death. Along the year-long journey, the herds are eventually forced to cross The Grumeti River and The Mara River, which are infested with hungry, vicious crocodiles. These two river crossings offer travelers a front-row experience of nature’s most intense events. 

    Zanzibar tropical islands: Soak in the white-sand beaches

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    The final one in our list of ‘dream safaris’ is non-other than Zanzibar itself and its neighboring chain of islands. Zanzibar offers the most pristine beaches and diving safaris in the world, as well as heritage safaris through Stone Town. Stone Town is a charming town that falls part of Zanzibar City and is an official UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    Witness volcanoes: The earth shaping phenomena

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    Tanzania has 11 volcanoes within its borders, and some of them offer trekking routes to give you an experience you’ll never forget. These volcanic mountains are sacred symbols to indigenous tribes of Tanzania. The Chagga Tribe are ancient people who live at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Mt. Kilimanjaro’s summit is a source of fables and storytelling for these beautiful people of Tanzania.  If you’re feeling adventurous, set your alarm for midnight and attempt an epic day summit of Tanzania’s only active volcano, Oi Doinyo Lengai.

    Witness the big 5: Africa’s iconic animals

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    When you visit Tanzania and opt to go on a game drive through Serengeti, Ngorongoro, or Tarangire, you will witness the most iconic animals of Africa: the big 5. Who are the big 5? Lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo.

    Let us remind you: National Parks are not wildlife sanctuaries. National Parks have no boundaries to hold the animals in. This is Mother Nature, her kingdom of animals and plants. So, get ready for the most up-close experience you’ve ever had with these beautiful animals.

    Forage for wild honey with Hadza

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    There are over 3,000 indigenous tribes on the African continent, the Hadza are in a league all their own. The Hadza are one of the world’s last hunter-gatherers. When you come on a safari in Tanzania, you get the opportunity to go foraging for an entire day on ancestral lands.  Their homeland sits along the shores of Lake Eyasi and tribal numbers hover around 1,300, with only a few hundred still active hunter-gatherers. The Hadza are more than 100,000 years old, too, making them one of the oldest branches on the human tree (source). Easy Travel can organize walking safaris to join these bushmen in their search for the golden nectar of the Earth: wild honey.

    Experience delicious African food: Tanzanian cuisine

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    Local cuisine is what traveling tastes like. Local staple foods, snacks, and delicacies are what travelers around the world live for. In Tanzania, a unanimously loved and desired food is, of course, the famous ugali. Ugali is a sort of cornbread that is used as a spoon to scoop up your food. This is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Tanzania culture.

    Hot air balloons: Experience the Serengeti at sunrise

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    As you probably know, Serengeti National Park is breathtaking. It is the largest National Park in the country and is almost 15,000 square kilometers. There is an impressive population of elephants and it is swarming with pride of lions. The wilderness here is unspoiled, untouched, and ancient. There are many ways in which you can experience Serengeti, such as game drives and walking safaris. However, our favorite way to experience this massive area is by hot air balloon. Yes, you read that right. Easy Travel offers travelers the experience of waking up just before dawn and riding a hot air balloon over the park where you will spot countless animals from the balloon basket, all whilst soaking up the most beautiful sunrise of your life. Want to know more? Read all about hot air balloon safaris here.

    Dance and rejoice with ancient tribes: Maasai warriors

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    With over 120 different tribes in Tanzania, the Maasai are probably the most well-known in the region. When you come to Tanzania, you may be invited to their ancient ritual, the “Adamu.” It is a traditional dance of the Maasai people and an opportunity for young warriors to show off their strength. Taking part in such a ceremony is one of the most culturally rich experiences Tanzania has to offer.

    How much does a Tanzanian safari cost

    Safari goers often ask us how much a safari in Tanzania will cost them. There are five main factors that contribute to your total safari cost:

    1. When you go

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    There are four main seasons in Tanzania each with its own accommodation prices. The most expensive time of the year to go on a Safari in Tanzania is from the middle of December to the end of February and from June all the way through to the end of October This is the busiest time of year in Tanzania, where tourists flock in from Europe and America to experience the best weather conditions for a safari. The weather is usually hot and dry during these months with the occasional rainfall. You need to book at least 8 months in advance if you want to experience an African safari during these times.

    Then, the second most expensive time of the year in Tanzania is in March and from November to the middle of December. The weather is hot with the occasional rainfall, and the crowds are moderate. You will need to book a month or two in advance for these months of the year, as accommodations still fill up quite fast.

    Then, lastly, the best time of the year to go to Tanzania for a budget safari is in between the months of April and May. This is the long rain season in Tanzania, and crowds are few and far between each other. The accommodation rates are the lowest during these months and you usually only need to book a few weeks in advance.

    2. Your choice for comfort

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    When you select a safari package, you will get four options to choose from, each offering its own price and including commodities. They range from Basic to Luxury. Luxurious lodges offer pools, en suite bathrooms, charging stations, and much more, whereas a basic lodge may only offer cold showers and no wifi. When choosing your package, you can also choose how you travel between destinations: by road or by air. When you opt for a luxury safari package, you are guaranteed to receive the most incredible experience of your life.

    3. The duration of your stay

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    In simple terms, the longer you stay, the more expensive your safari will be. However, it best is said now: Tanzania is massive, and it offers travelers endless sights to see. You cannot imagine the size of Serengeti National Park until you are actually standing amongst the vast plains that stretch beyond the horizon. Wildlife viewing in Northern Serengeti is completely unique to the rest of the National Park, for example. Every park in Tanzania offers its own array of wildlife to see, things to do, and experiences to soak up. If you opt for a shorter holiday, you’ll see less of Tanzania. If you are coming to Tanzania on a budget and want to do as many things as possible, keep reading for our top tips on how to travel to Tanzania on a budget.

    4. How many people join your tour

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    If you decide to come on a solo safari adventure in Tanzania, you’re going to pay for just about everything yourself: jeep rental, accommodation, tour guides, etc. If you come as a couple, many prices begin to halve. If you come as a group of 7, then the transport cost gets evenly distributed amongst all of you. This is one of the top tips we give people wanting to come on a safari in Tanzania on a budget. It is best advised to split the costs between as many people as possible.

    5. Extra activities

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    If you want to go on an extra walking safari to witness Tanzania’s bird species, for example, it’s going to cost a little extra. There are so many exciting extras to add to your package that we recommend considering, such as going on a hot air balloon safari, visiting the spice island of Tanzania (Pemba Island), etc.

    Easy Travel understands that everyone’s dream safari looks unique, so it’s not possible to give an exact number for what it’s going to cost you. However, we have some fantastic in-depth articles that break down what your costs will look like based on your safari choice, when you travel, how many people are joining you, and the time of year you decide to come on a safari. Check it out here.

    If you would like to customize a safari package or create your dream trip, contact our safari experts to get started on planning the best adventure of your life.

    Remember: Safaris is a life-changing experience. The moments you make during your time in Tanzania will stay with you forever. That’s why when you plan to come to Tanzania for a safari, it would be wise to save for a safari that encapsulates your dreams. You will not be disappointed.

    When is the best time to go to Tanzania?

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    The most important thing to know about Tanzania is that there are numerous changes in season throughout the year. While Tanzania offers endless plains of beauty and game viewing opportunities all year round, there are times when the animals are harder to spot, as well as times when crowds of tourists pour into the country for its beach resorts and safaris, making accommodation quite pricey.

    The rainy seasons

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    There are two wet seasons in Tanzania every year: the long rainy season and the short rainy season. Let’s take a look at them, shall we?

    The Long Rainy Season in Tanzania: April To May

    During the long wet season, the crowds in Tanzania are scarce and the rainfalls are long and therapeutic. Hundreds of thousands of baby animals will be walking around during these months, and the parks will be teeming with the most exquisite birdlife. These months are some of the best for photographic safaris, bird watching, and other safari activities. If you are coming to witness the Annual Migration of Wildebeest, otherwise known as the Great Wildebeest Migration, then buckle up for an unforgettable experience as the massive herds will be migrating through Southern Serengeti. Accommodation rates are also the cheapest during these months, making these months the best dates for a budget safari.

    The Short Rainy Season in Tanzania: November To December
    During November, you can expect accommodation prices to be high with moderate crowd activity. However, from the middle of December through to Christmas is where accommodation prices are at their peak, with high volumes of crowds. Millions of wildebeest can be found moving through Central Serengeti National Park to Southern Serengeti, where their calving season will take place shortly after the rainy season. The best places to be during these months are Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, and Arusha National Park.

    The green season: January to March

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    January and February are the starting months of the Green Season in Tanzania, where the rain has ceased and the land is lush green with new life everywhere. The accommodation prices are still peaking here, and there are high volumes of crowds across Tanzania. Then, during March, the crowds begin to disperse and accommodation rates become a little bit cheaper. The Green Season is by far the best time of the year to get the most picturesque experience of Tanzania and visit Zanzibar’s beautiful beaches for the perfect beach holiday.

    The dry season: June to October

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    This is peak season in Tanzania, where tourism is peaking throughout the country and in turn the accommodation prices. The weather is cool and dry, and every National Park is packed with astounding wildlife. This is the best time of the year to go on a Northern Circuit Safari. During the dry season, the Great Wildebeest Migration will be crossing the Mara River, the most dramatic event of the year. This is also the best time of the year to conquer Mt. Kilimanjaro, as the weather is favorable to see beautiful landscapes from the mountainside.

    The best national parks in Tanzania: Our favorites

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    While every national park in Tanzania is beautiful in its own right, we have compiled a list of our favorite places to visit while you’re in Tanzania.

    Serengeti National Park

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    Serengeti is massive, and the population of wildlife found throughout this national park is unimaginable. The park is split up into regions, each offering its own dramatic setting for mother nature to reveal herself. You can expect to see lions, elephants, wildebeest, and countless other African animals roaming throughout the vast plains of Serengeti. This is the park where The Great Wildebeest Migration passes through, traveling from the North to the South of Serengeti every year while following the rainfall.

    Ngorongoro Crater

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    The Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. The massive volcano collapsed around 2 million years ago, and the caldera is a gigantic 260 square kilometers in size. The Ngorongoro Crater offers the chance to see Africa’s Big Five all in one location, in one day. Expect to see massive cats, elephants, and other predators and prey lurking around. The Ngorongoro Crater is a sight you must see when visiting Tanzania.

    Lake Manyara: The seventh largest lake

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    Lake Manyara is heaven for bird watchers. You can expect to see, listen and experience all kinds of bird species here while soaking up the beautiful, massive lake itself. The atmosphere around this lake is something out of a dream, as thousands of flamingos cluster together here.

    Tarangire National Park: The land of baobab

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    Tarangire National Park is famous for its abundance of baobab trees. Baobab trees are titans compared to other species of trees and are so massive that your entire safari group wouldn’t be able to wrap around most of them. The park is bustling with bird species, and during the dry season, it becomes the main source of water in the area, drawing in an abundance of wildlife.

    Ruaha National Park

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    This beautiful wetland holds up to 10% of the world’s lion population and offers some of the best wildlife sightings on the planet. The landscape here is incredibly beautiful and offers tourists the chance to see lions up close and experience up to 500 different species of birds.

    Getting to Tanzania

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    Getting to Tanzania will be a vital step on your safari adventure. You can book an international flight through various international airlines. You’ll need to acquire a visa and travel insurance before your departure. You can read more about visa exemptions and application processes here.

    A single-entry tourist visa costs $50 while a multiple-entry visa costs $100. Note: US Citizens must apply for the multiple-entry visa, and pay $100, even if they are only making a single trip. Prices for any other type of visa are detailed on the website. An ordinary single-entry visa will last for 90 days. Remember to bring an ID photo for your arrival.

    Your passport must have validity for at least six months after the date of your departure from Tanzania, and also have at least one full unused/unstamped visa page.

    When should I apply for my visa?

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    We recommend applying no less than 30 days before your departure for Tanzania. If you are from a referral country, please apply no less than 90 days before your arrival.

    How do I know if my visa has been approved?

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    You will be notified by email. Before receiving approval, you will be able to check the status of your application online.

    What are the COVID-19 regulations

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    Vaccines: While the COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory, it is highly recommended. It is also vital to get these vaccinated against hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, and tetanus. The jab lasts 3 years.

    Social Distancing: COVID-19 is still around, and the pandemic has not ended. It is vital to ensure social distancing of at least 1.5m to help stop the spread of the virus.

    Masks: Masks are essential for travel, and it will be required to attend your safaris, attend restaurants and other vacation activities.

    Which is better for an African safari: Tanzania or Kenya?

    The landmarks

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    Kenya and Tanzania are beautiful places to go on a safari. Kenya’s famous Masai Mara is a beautiful spot full of wildlife and safari adventures. However, the national parks in Tanzania are monumental, world-famous spots for life-changing safaris. Serengeti National Park, for example, is the number one most sought-after experience amongst safari goes. And let’s not forget the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro!

    Food and culture

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    Both Kenya and Tanzania offer travelers exciting opportunities to experience deep African culture. It is these experiences that you have along your journey that will really make your holiday something special. Eating a traditional meal alongside a local is one of the most treasured experiences these countries have to offer alongside other amazing memories.

    The animals

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    Kenya is smaller than Tanzania, and in turn, offers fewer animals to see on your safari. Serengeti, for example, is nearly 15,000km squared and offers travelers endless activities and animals to see. It is well known for offering the best African wildlife experience in the world. The Great Migration of Wildebeest, an annual event, occurs in Tanzania for 10 whole months of the year. Then, the migrating herds move out of Tanzania and move through Kenya for two months (August and September).

    The Infrastructure

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    It’s no secret that Kenya is more wealthy than Tanzania. Kenya’s infrastructure is slightly more advanced, and its economy is stronger too. Thus, Kenya offers travelers more options for lodges, hotels, and other accommodation packages. Because of Kenya’s larger infrastructure, the crime rate is also slightly higher than in Tanzania, which is an important factor to consider when choosing between two destinations. Our thoughts on the matter are simple: A safari is an adventure, one for the bush, dusty roads and the thrilling unknown. Tanzania is the perfect place to go for an immerse, diverse safari.

    What should I pack for a safari in Tanzania?

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    Clothing

    Comfortable Shoes

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    It’s vital to bring shoes that are comfortable to walk in. While hiking and trekking boots are a great idea, they’re not essentially the right one. We recommend bringing your comfortable hiking or running shoes.

    Lightweight wraparound scarf

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    Tanzania is hot, and the safari roads are dusty. Shawls, scarves, sarongs, and other lightweight wraparound fabric are underrated by most travelers. During those hot dusty days, a lightweight scarf will come in handy to shade you from the harsh elements.

    Clothes for cold wind, and warm days

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    We recommend packing lightweight clothes in combination with water repellant clothes. For your upper body, white linen shirts (long or short sleeve shirts are both great) will help keep you cool. Early mornings and late afternoons are some of the best times for a safari adventure, and it’s often getting cool around those times, so pack a warm, lightweight, and waterproof jacket, and windbreaker For your lower body, bring pants with many pockets for all your gear and equipment. You can get cargo shorts for safaris and long pants that will keep you warm and comfortable.

    Gear

    Binoculars

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    Binoculars are essential to experience the vast landscapes of Tanzania. The National Parks in Tanzania is teeming with world-class wildlife, more than you can imagine, and its drama can sometimes unfold at a distance. When the action takes place, having a pair of binoculars can help you focus on the action, experiencing the small, mind-blowing details.

    Day bag

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    Bringing a day backpack is a vital piece of gear you’ll need every day. You will be storing your electronic gadgets, warm jacket, water, and binoculars in this bag, keeping it close and on hand at all times in case you need to access something quickly.

    Camera extras

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    Batteries, memory cards, plug converters, lens cleaners—better to gather these before you arrive as they might be hard to find in the country. It would be heart-breaking to need your camera when the battery is dead!

    HeadLamp

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    Bringing a headlamp will come in handy during that early morning or late afternoon safaris. When you’re in the bush when there’s no surrounding light, it can make you feel vulnerable. Having a headlamp in your day backpack will come in handy many times on your adventure, especially when you get back to your accommodation at night and need to organize your things.

    Self-care items

    Sunscreen And Insect Repellant

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    When you’re on a safari, you’re going to be experiencing different landscapes and face different natural elements. For this reason, bringing insect repellant can come in handy when you’re surrounded by fruit flies, mosquitos, and other little critters. Long days on the safari road are accompanied by scorching sun rays. We recommend bringing strong sunscreen along, a vital item to bring to avoid sunstroke. Bug repellant will also come in handy when you’re at your safari lodges or your safari camp and want to keep mosquitos at bay.

    A Polarized pair of sunglasses

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    It is important to bring a pair of sunglasses with you. They will shade your eyes from glare, dust, and harsh sunlight during your safaris.

    First aid kit

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    A simple bag filled with anti-diarrheal tabs, headache medicine, small bandages, cough drops, antiseptic wipes, anti-nausea tablets, and antihistamine tablets, and hand sanitizer will prove to be pure gold when the time comes.

    What should I wear on a safari trip in Tanzania?

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    Throughout safari fashion, you will notice a specific color palate: khaki colors, forest green colors, and shades of grey. When packing for safari, it’s best to think in terms of blending in, of mimicking the landscape. Some colors to avoid: bright colors (tsetse flies love blue), white clothes (dust loves white), and black (midday sun loves black). Think neutral if you can: olive, tan, khaki, grey as these won’t distract animals or attract flies as much. Light colors are fine, but avoid them being bright.

    What should you not wear on a safari?

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    Bright-colored clothing is a big no-no. No clothing should be heavy, too hot, or uncomfortable. Leave your handbag at home and come prepared to get dusty.

    Tips for your Tanzania safari: What should you know?

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    Traveling to Tanzania may be one of the most exciting things you will ever do. There are so many places to go, things to do, and animals to see in this massive, beautiful country. We know that traveling can also be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never been to Tanzania before. Let’s take a look at some small checkboxes to tick off before you depart:

    Make an itinerary

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    Planning ahead is vital, especially if you want your dream safari to go as planned. With an endless amount of options to choose from, you best decide what you want to do before coming. This will ensure that you use your time wisely in Tanzania, soaking up the wildlife, taking in the landscapes, and fully immersing yourself in the experience instead of staying in your head thinking about what you should do the next day.  And although unforeseen events always occur on the best of adventures, having an itinerary can make you more flexible while you’re in Tanzania. This ensures that your time will not get wasted.  Itineraries can also help you manage your expenses, prioritize your most desired destinations, and travel smoothly from point A to point B. We have an incredible team here at Easy Travel, one that can help you craft the best itinerary imaginable. Feel free to contact us today.

    Pack the essentials: Pack light

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    Packing only the essentials can help not only save time when traveling around the country but on your overall cost as well. Packing light and minimal is a motto amongst travelers, and for good reason too. When packing for your safari, make sure you have the following on hand at all times:

    • Passport
    • High SPF sunscreen
    • Medical kit (bandaids, pain killers, antiseptic ointment electrolyte tablets or powders, travel sickness tablets, strong insect repellent, and eye drops)
    • Varied clothing for different types of activities
    • Comfortable shoes
    • Binoculars
    • Day bag
    • Toiletries such as shampoos, moisturizers into reusable travel bottles to save space
    • Gadgets (mobile phone with a camera or a DSLR), chargers
    • Get a handy Swahili phrasebook (Swahili is the most commonly spoken language, so it’s best to learn simple phrases to help you on your trip)
    • Money

    Prepare these essential travel items weeks before traveling to avoid forgetting these necessary things.

    Get good travel insurance

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    This may be one of the most overlooked, vital components of all travel adventures. Travel insurance will only cost you a fraction of your total budget, and if the time comes, it will be a massive help if anything goes astray on your travels.

    This extra expenditure can come in handy when things go horribly wrong. If you lose your passport, baggage, or other documents, you’ll have help at hand. Not to mention medical emergency assistance! It could cost you more to be evacuated from a safari without insurance than the entire safari itself!

    Opt for an insurance policy that covers the following:

    • cancellation
    • emergency evacuation
    • associated hospital treatment
    • medical illness

    Make sure to bring your policy number/details and travel insurance emergency numbers with you for faster transactions.

    Be cautious while traveling

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    No matter where you go on your travels, you need to be cautious, careful, and mindful. Tanzania is a safe country for travelers, but there are instances of pickpocketers and other petty crimes.

    While traveling on an African Safari, consider taking the given precautions below:

    • Leave expensive jewelry behind at home.
    • Put your valuables in a pouch. Ensure that they are perfectly hidden out of sight.
    • Watch your personal bags closely, particularly in crowded places, such as markets, airports, restaurants, and on the street.
    • Never walk at night alone. Make sure to walk with someone you know if you want to take a night stroll.
    • As much as possible, leave your airline tickets, cash, passport, and other valuables in a safe place before going out. Some hotels have safety boxes where you can put your valuables like your passport, money, and other travel documents. However, if you’re anxious to put your valuables in a safe, you can always hand them to the management.

    Follow COVID-19 travel guidelines

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    Most countries are experiencing strict travel restrictions due to COVID-19. The Tanzania government has a set of travel guidelines for all international travelers. Doing so will ensure a smooth travel experience amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Bring cash and cards

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    Whenever you travel internationally, it’s best advised to bring a combination of locally accepted currency as well as your personal bank cards in case of the event where you’ll need to make a transaction online.

    Buy a travel adaptor

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    With so many beautiful landscapes, animals, and wonders in Tanzania, you’re going to want to capture every moment of magic you experience. That’s why it is absolutely vital to bring a travel adaptor for your devices, especially if you are coming here for a photography safari.

    We recommend that you bring suitable adaptors for your gadgets for your Tanzania safari.

    Bottled water is an essential, all the time

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    One of the main health risks you undertake whilst on a safari is dehydration. We recommend bringing a refillable water bottle, big enough to host enough water for the afternoon. Remember, most days in Tanzania are hot and dry. If you decide to go on. walking safari, this is a crucial item to bring.

    To go along with your bottle, bring purification tablets, too!

    Bring sun protection

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    The road on a safari game drive is dusty, very dusty, and the African sun is powerful. Make sure to bring some sunglasses and sunscreen to protect yourself on your adventure.

    Getting you there

    Now you have mastered all you need to know about planning your ultimate safari to Tanzania, the question is what next? 

    Imagine yourself on an unforgettable safari tour in Tanzania – one of Africa’s most beautiful countries. With Easy Travel, it’s easier than ever to make your dream vacation a reality. We offer a number of Tanzania Safari’s that are the perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. 

    Our team of specialists will help build the perfect itinerary to ensure that nothing is missed on your trip. With a number of tours on offer you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the incredible wildlife in their natural habitat, but you’ll also get to enjoy some downtime at a luxurious lodge or camp.

    So what are you waiting for? Contact our Safari Specialists today and start creating your very own tailor made tour.